Favourite type of closing track


#1

At the moment I’m a big fan of comparatively upbeat closing tracks that follow a run of dark/low-key/intense songs. Even if the lyrics remain foreboding, the overall effect is still like sunshine after a storm. Examples can be found on Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree and to a lesser extent, The Cure’s Disintegration.

So what’s YOUR favourite type of closing track?

  • Epic showstopper?
  • Proggy side-long track?
  • Hit single?
  • Low-key downer?
  • Other?

#2

Depends…


#3

All about the narrative flow of the album really. Donne Darko by Let’s Eat Grandma somehow traverses Epic Showstopper, Proggy side-long track, and finishes on a low-key downer moment and is probably my #closerof2018


#4

Big fan of a penultimate track being the big climax, then a sort of epilogue final track. Like a glow on black sheep boy, reservations on Yankee Hotel foxtrot, or I went to the store one day on I love you honeybear.

Tenderness on the new parquet courts might be my favourite song atm


#5

This should be a poll BUT

I’ll take options A mixed in with B please

If a hit single is the final track you’ve done the tracklisting very wrong imo. Are there many examples of this? EDUCATE ME, DIS


#6

The Human League - Dare. Don’t You Want Me is the final track.

Talking Heads - Little Creatures. The last track is The Road To Nowhere

GREAT shout with that Oceansize.


#7

Yeah, I do like some sort of epic ending followed by a quiet closer.


#8

i miss oceansize


#9

One of my favourite closers. Comforting Sounds too


#10

I also like it when the entire latter half of an album feels like a gradual comedown. Like Sigur Ros’s Takk, Deathcab’s Plans…


#11

Two headed boy pt. 2 is another good example, and one of the best closers of any album ever imo


#12

Albums that end with looooooooong fake interviews:

To Pimp A Butterfly
Letting Off The Happiness

…any more?


#13

In fact Wood/Water by Promise Ring does this well and I always remember it cos I remember being irked by the pitchfork review which completely misses the point of epic track into quiet closer:

‘TPR even fail to recognize the finality and place of such Epic Songs on Big Albums and tack on another meaningless solo guitar tune afterwards’

(yes I did just go and google it - irked)


#14

Not sure it’s really soft enough to fit into this thing but putting the dog to sleep on burst apart is so fucking good it needs a mention itt


#15

I often think when reading reviews - not just in Pitchfork - “does this person actually like music?”


#16

EPIC SHOWSTOPPER INTERLUDE


#17

Long and epic slowburners that leave you feeling exhausted and exhilarated:

Yo La Tengo - Night falls on Hoboken - 17 minutes of wonderfulness
Let’s Eat Grandma - Donnie Darko - 11 minutes of uplift, starts quiet and then builds and builds
Lift To Experience - Into The Storm - 10 minutes of squall
Swervedriver - Never Lose That Feeling - 12 minutes of shoegaze and jazz skronk (!)
Sonic Youth - The Diamond Sea - 20 minutes of arsing about
Engineers - One In Seven - 8 minutes of lovely building shoegaze

That, or transcendental beauty. Good if it builds to an, ahem, climax.

One of those two anyway.


#18

Secret track

  • No thanks
  • Good
  • Depends

0 voters


#19

Most of the time should prob just be the last track on the album. If it’s stylistically different from the rest or throwaway then secret track is prob best.


#20

Second shoutout for Let’s Eat Grandma in this thread. I will have to check it out.

And hello, fellow Engineers fan!

To add to your list:

Wild Beasts - End Comes Too Soon
The Velvet Underground - Sister Ray/European Son